'This Is Ridiculous': Dem Rep. Kildee Says Furloughed Gov't Workers Being Used as 'Pawns'
'Open the government and then have a robust debate.'
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said Democrats are willing to negotiate with President Trump on border security, but they are demanding the government is re-opened first.
With a partial government shutdown approaching the one-month mark, President Trump on Saturday proposed temporarily extending protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall.
After Democrats rejected the offer, Trump took to Twitter and thanked federal workers facing another pay period without a paycheck and vowed to be victorious in the border security funding battle.
To all of the great people who are working so hard for your Country and not getting paid I say, THANK YOU - YOU ARE GREAT PATRIOTS! We must now work together, after decades of abuse, to finally fix the Humanitarian, Criminal & Drug Crisis at our Border. WE WILL WIN BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Monday, Kildee said furloughed government workers and their families are being used as "pawns" or "hostages" in this debate.
"We should open the government and then have a robust debate. That's fine. That's how we do things. That's the way government works," Kildee said. "Open the government. This is ridiculous."
He said Democrats are willing to compromise on more border security funding, just not for Trump's "7th century" wall, and they would like a permanent solution for DACA recipients.
"We can have an honest debate about how we get this done. That's fine. But why do we have to have 800,000 people working without pay in order for the president to have additional leverage to get something that he's not willing to submit to the normal process of legislation?" Kildee said.
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.